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Fatemeh Baratian-Ghorghi, doctoral candidate in Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, won the Lifesavers Essay Contest, received the Traffic Safety Scholarship and won the Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award in Southern District Institute of Transportation Engineers, or SDITE.

The SDITE Education and Student Chapter committee scored Baratian-Ghorghi’s technical paper titled "Red-Light Running Traffic Violations: A Novel Time-based Method for Determining a Fine Structure" in first place for the graduate student paper contest. Under the direction of Huaguo Zhou, the associate professor in department of civil engineering, Baratian-Ghorghi proposed a method which considers the estimated economic impact of potential crashes by red light running violations and imposed delays, to prevent potential conflicts at signalized intersections.

Baratian-Ghorghi was also awarded a scholarship as a Lifesavers’ 2016 Traffic Safety Scholar for her paper. All eligible scholarship applications were reviewed by a committee of traffic safety experts, and the essays were judged based on their prevention of motor vehicle-related deaths and injuries. The $1,000 scholarship was used to attend the Lifesavers Conference on Highway Safety Priorities, the largest gathering of highway safety professionals in the U.S. The conference was held April 3-5 in Long Beach, California.